Sunday, August 26, 2007

Destiny, Databases, and More: September 5, 2007 Professional Development Day

Welcome to today's meeting, facilitated by Christine Morin, Salem High School Library Media Specialist (, and Joanne O'Keefe, Collins Middle School Library Media Specialist ( During today's session, we will have an opportunity to discuss the following:

1. Proposed 2007-2008 district IMC staff meeting dates/times

2. All About Destiny - review/discussion of the following topics:
- inventory project update
- subscribing to Follett-Talk (Please see the "Join Follett-Talk™!" instructions, posted on May 9, 2007.)
- handling of duplicate patron records
- cataloging of materials (including use of Alliance Plus)
- production of material barcodes & spine labels
- review of TitlePeek features
- review of material types (and how to change/edit)
- accessing Destiny™ from within district schools, and from home
PLEASE NOTE: The link to Destiny™, above, is provided for remote access to the system. To access Destiny™ from any school within the district, just enter destiny in the address field.

3. Review/Update of the many excellent NMRLS (and NOBLE) full-text magazine and journal collections, newspapers, encyclopedias, primary documents collections, and other research databases available to the Salem Public Schools research community, and discussion of the ways in which these resources can be integrated into your work both for and with students, faculty and administrators

NMRLS databases and collections include:
- eLibrary - eLibrary features information gathered from books, magazines and newspapers. Also included are photos, maps, and TV and radio transcripts
- Grolier Online - Grolier Online features two terrific resources:
* Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia (designed for students in middle school and up, and including 36,000 entries); and
* New Book of Knowledge (intended for students in grade 3 and up, as well as for new English language learners, and including 9,000 articles)
- ¡Informe! - this collection offers users full text and images from popular Hispanic magazines, as well as full-text pamphlets about health care and many other topics
- Massachusetts Newsstand - this resource includes the full text of the Boston Globe (1980-present) and the Boston Herald (1991-present)
- InfoTrac Thomson Gale Group's InfoTrac database collection includes:
- Biography Resource Center - This resource features biographical information about people from throughout history, around the world, and all disciplines and subject areas
- Academic OneFile - Academic OneFile features peer-reviewed, full-text articles from more than 3,000 highly regarded journals and reference information sources. Subject coverage includes the arts, literature, medicine, the physical sciences, social sciences, technology, and more. (This is a great resource for teachers who are enrolled in graduate programs.)
- Junior Edition - This collection is designed for students in middle school, and includes more than 330 full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books with information about the arts, current events, government, health, history, people, popular culture, science, sports, and more
- Student Edition - This database, designed for high school students, includes more than 1,100 full-text periodical titles, as well as access to indexed newspapers, podcasts, and reference books
- Kids InfoBits - Kids InfoBits is designed for beginning researchers (students in kindergarten through grade 5) and features a user-friendly and developmentally appropriate visually graphic search interface. The collection includes curriculum-related and age appropriate full-text content from elementary reference sources and magazines, about the arts, current events, geography, government, health, history, people, science, sports, and more

4. Other items of interest

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